San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith (11) shakes hands with Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers (12) after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. The 49ers won 30-22. (Mike Roemer / Associated Press) / SF

Aaron Rodgers: Alex Smith Needs to Be "Appreciated"

Apparently Alex Smith isn’t the only one who thinks he deserves to be a starting quarterback.

Even Aaron Rodgers – who was selected 25th overall in 2005 after watching Smith get selected No. 1 overall by the 49ers – is chiming in.

In an interview with NFL Total Access, Rodgers asserted:

Alex and I are buddies, we both got drafted in 2005 NFL Draft, and he’s been through a lot. I can’t imagine to have to go through that many offensive coordinators and the turnover in coaches has been tough for him

He then praised Smith’s ability to protect the football:

He comes in, he’s 70 percent completion, he’s 100-plus quarterback rating last year, he’s like barely over one percent interception percentage. He’s a great quarterback, he just needs to go somewhere he gets appreciated for the skills he has and hopefully he gets a chance next year.

Rodgers, who was trapped in the shadows of Brett Favre at Green Bay for quite a while, certainly knows how it feels to be under-appreciated. Since Rodgers took over the reigns in 2008, the Packers have been one of the perennial dominant teams in football and won the Superbowl in 2010.

Smith was the 49ers’ starter for the first nine games of the 2012 season before sustaining a concussion against the Rams at home. The young and energetic Colin Kaepernick replaced him, and the rest is history. Kaepernick has led the 49ers to a 4-1 record since taking over as the starter.


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